The majestic Okavango Delta is considered Africa's most aspirational safari destination. Declared as one of the Seven Natutal Wonders of Africa, and now officailly inscribed as UNESCOs 1000th World Heritage site, the magic that awaits you within this 15,000 km² inland delta will leave you in bewilderment of its natural beauty and the abundance of it fascinating inhabitants.
Each year the Okavango River discharges approximately 11 cubic kilometres of water into the Okavango Delta. Most of this water is lost to transpiration by plants (60%) and by evaporation (36%) with only 2% percolating into the aquifer system with the remainder finally flowing into Lake Ngami.
The Okavango Delta is affected by seasonal flooding with flood water from Angola reaching the Delta between March and June, peaking in July. This peak coincides with Botswana’s dry season resulting in great migrations of plains game from the dry hinterland.
Generally flat, with a height variation of less than two metres across its area, dry land in the Okavango Delta is predominantly comprised of numerous small islands, formed when vegetation takes root on termite mounds, however larger islands exist with Chief’s Island, the largest, having been formed on a tectonic fault line.